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NEW: Providence Ranked 14th Unfriendliest City in America

Monday, May 11, 2015


Providence residents have earned the city the number 14 spot in Travel + Leisure’s recent list, “The 15 Unfriendliest Cities in America.” The ranking spurs from the travel magazine’s annual “America’s Favorite Cities” survey, in which readers ranked various features about major cities in the United States, including the locals. Rhode Island’s unfriendly status comes from its perception as a “bookishly aloof” city; it’s ranked at number 10 for rudeness and number 1 for being geeky. 

What Providence lacked in friendliness, it made up for with its “baked goods, sandwiches and pizza.” For this, readers ranked Providence at number 3. Travel + Leisure credits LaSalle Bakery as a go-to for all three. The capital city also ranked well for welcoming LGBT travelers and as a destination for “girlfriend getaways,” citing The Dean Hotel as a great spot for everyone with their fun karaoke and fabulous cocktail lounge.

Providence is not the only New England city to make the list; Boston came in at number 5 for its rudeness and “skillful backtalk.” Topping the list at number 1 is New York City.

Travel + Leisure is a travel magazine based in New York City.


Related Slideshow: Where to Dine Out in Providence’s Restaurant Neighborhoods

Find the Best ranked Providence neighborhoods according to number of restaurants per capita. The top restaurant neighborhoods included Downtown, Federal Hill, Wayland Square and more - all of which have an abundance of hip, tasty places to dine. Here are some of GoLocalProv's picks for where to dine out in Providence's restaurant neighborhoods. 

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Café Nuovo, Downtown

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents Downtown: 216

Café Nuovo is located on Providence’s famed Riverwalk with outside seating in the Citizen’s Bank building. Serving a fusion of American, European, Asian, and Island cuisines, Café Nuovo has gained attention for its fine dining, excellent setting and atmosphere, as well as generous proportions.

1 Citizens Plaza

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Enoteca Umberto, Federal Hill

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents on Federal Hill: 109

Although there are numerous fine dining Italian restaurants on Federal Hill, Enoteca Umberto sticks out from the crowd with its unique and intimate atmosphere due to owner Umberto who has a vast knowledge and passion for Sicilian food and wine. The chef, Umberto’s fianceé Lea, cooks up original Sicilian meals in the kitchen. While the menu is not large, the restaurant is known for its daily specials.

256 Atwells Ave

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Al Forno, Fox Point

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in Fox Point: 74

Al Forno restaurant is Rhode Island famous. This high end fine Italian restaurant is known for their great appetizers, pizzas, drinks and comfortable ambience. Al Forno is consistently considered a must visit for Rhode Islanders.

577 South Main St

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L’Artisan Café & Bakery, Wayland Square

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in Wayland Square: 74

This Café and Bakery is known for its great ambience, pleasant staff, coffee, and great panini sandwiches. With seating indoors and outdoors it has become a hot spot for breakfast and lunches.

9 Wayland Square

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Ladder 133, Smith Hill

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in Smith Hill: 57

Whether you enjoy indulging in their full menu of comfort foods with family and friends, cheering on your favorite sports team on one of their hi-def tv's, viewing the local or world news, or checking out live entertainment there is something here for everyone.

133 Douglas Ave

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East Side Pockets, College Hill

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in College Hill: 53

This on the go restaurant has gained much acclaim for its delicious falafels. With reasonable prices, and a Middle Eastern vibe, East Side Pockets, is a thriving restaurant on Thayer Street in College Hill.

278 Thayer Street

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Chez Pascal, Hope

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in Hope: 42

Chez Pascal is a restaurant that continually adapts its menu according to the local farm fresh produce in the Providence area. A French restaurant with a New England fusion, this intimate and friendly staffed restaurant supplies a great menu, with an even better wine list.

960 Hope St

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Carolina Market Restaurant, South Providence

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in South Providence: 37

Carolina Market Restaurant is known for its great Latin American food. A Dominican restaurant with a large variety of options allows customers to dine at an extremely affordable price.

864 Broad Street

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Thai Star Restaurant, Valley

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in South Providence: 30

If you are craving Thai food, Thai Star Restaurant is known to have some of the best authentic Thai food in the area. Thai Star Restaurant offers a variety of options on its menu. This coupled with big portions, a friendly staff, and BYOB environment gives this restaurant a unique atmosphere.

1088 Chalkstone Ave


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